Most people think Article II of the Constitution makes it certain Arnold Schwarzenegger won’t figure in the 2008 Presidential race. As a candidate for President that’s exactly right. But have a look at the text of the relevant passage of Article II Section 1 of the Constitution which reads:
"No person except a natural born citizen, or a citizen of the United
States, at the time of the adoption of this Constitution, shall be
eligible to the office of President; neither shall any person be
eligible to that office who shall not have attained to the age of
thirty five years, and been fourteen Years a resident within the United
I don’t see anything here that applies directly to the Vice-President. The language says "office of the President."
If he can clear this hurdle, Schwarzenegger as VP would greatly enhance the Republican ticket. Just his ability to effect California could make things a whole lot more difficult for the Democrats, especially given the electoral map puts them at a disadvantage to begin with.
I’ve searched and searched and could not find anything that clarifies the issue of citizenship and the Vice-President. Any one out there know what really applies here?